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I’ve always found the red haartebeest (Alcelaphus caama) hard to approach in order to get a decent photograph. Prefering drier and more arid areas of Southern Africa, it is also a fairly skittish antelope that tends to avoid close range interaction or proximity to humans.

I was particularly pleased when we happened upon these two males and was grateful that although very cautious, they chose to continue drinking for a few more moments before thinking better of our company and moving off.

Tswalu game reserve, South Africa

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africa, safari, wilderness, wildlife, game reserve, red haartebeest, antelope, arid

Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at www.explorationsafrica.com

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Comments

  • Macky
    Mackyover 2 years ago

    I agree, they’re always walking away, well done Dan. Have you been to the Kgalagadi yet?

  • Thanks Macky! Love the Kgalagadi!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago


    12 April 2012 – 2 images per day

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 2 years ago


    I love their long faces, but have only seen in a zoo.

  • You’ve been closer to them than I have then=). Getting close enough to get a decent shot in the wild has always been a real challenge for me. They really are a beautiful creature, long faces and all!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your lovely feature in Even Toed Ungulates, beautiful work

  • Thanks so much Andrea, really appreciate the comment!

    – Dan MacKenzie

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